Cheap Date presents another Discover Woodfield show!
It’s time for our annual preview of Chefs’ Fest 2011, presented each year by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau! ; The event will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Arlington Park, and as always, it’s going to be a great event!
Listen to Joe’s interview with Dave Parulo, the President of the Bureau, and hear what’s coming up with the 40 exhibitors for the 18th annual Chef’s Fest!
It was a wonderful event as always, attended by 300 beer aficionados from all over the USA. We had a blast with the people at our table, including a couple guys who were actually surprised that Lisa was there of her own volition– and the fact that she actually likes beer. I guess they never heard our favorite sound bite where Lisa talks about how much she enjoys it.
We’re pleased to be back and even more pleased to bring you the tale of an Arlington Heights favorite that has returned!
Listen to our review of Biggby Coffee and our interview with owner Tim Mickelson. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this one!
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This past Saturday (May 1) we visited our local Baja Fresh restaurant in Rolling Meadows, only to find the signage had been changed to read “Pacifica Mexican Grill.”
When we asked the guy at the register what was going on, he indicated that the name had changed that day, and that was about all the information he had. We got the impression that he was probably just as surprised as we were. The Pacifica Mexican Grill menu is basically the same, albeit stripped down a bit. All the “Baja Fresh” trappings– cups, plates, etc.– were replaced with generic ones.
None of the media outlets covered this, and no press release was issued by Baja Fresh. We noticed several other people complaining about the stores in their areas suddenly closing, so I wrote to Baja Fresh and got this response:
Thank you for taking the time to contact Baja Fresh. The Baja Fresh restaurants you are inquiring about are no longer members of our franchise community. At Baja Fresh we take guest satisfaction very seriously, and unfortunately there were a number of operational and financial issues that led us to terminate our relationship with our Illinois franchisee and close all Baja Fresh restaurants in the Illinois Market. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our loyal Baja Fresh Customers. There are no immediate plans to open another restaurant in this area; however Baja Fresh currently has 254 restaurants in 20 states and is continuously growing in its number of locations.
It looks like another good fast-food alternative is gone.
Listen to our preview of Chefs’ Fest 2010, presented by the Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau! The event will be held on May 11, 2010 at Arlington Park Racecourse, and it promises to be a great time for all!
On this show, Joe interviews Dave Parulo, the Bureau’s Director of Membership and Community Outreach. Join the guys as they talk about what to expect at this favorite event, the 17th annual presentation of the area’s premier restaurant and hospitality show. We expect nearly 70 exhibitors this year!
We’re back to wish you a happy and healthy Holiday Season!!
Joining us this time around is Joe’s daughter Becca, who shares her thoughts on two of her favorite spots around the Chicago suburbs: Charles Romano’s in Des Plaines, and Chef Ping in Rolling Meadows.
We also mention our beer-expert friend Chris’ recent trip to Italy, and you can read his report by clicking here. You’ll be thirsty after reading it! And speaking of beer, we also talk about the upcoming 2010 Brewpub Shootout, sponsored by the Chicago Beer Society.
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Thanks again for listening, and here’s wishing you all the best for 2010!!
Join us for this year’s event at the Arlington International Racecourse, where we sampled many of the offerings from the 60 exhibitors who were present! Special guests Liz and Bob and Becca and Emma joined us for the festivities.
We’re presenting this as a Discover Woodfield show—if you’d like to hear more shows like this, drop by www.discoverwoodfield.com.